Suzanne Cromlish, an assistant professor of Management at the Graham School of Management (AACSB Accredited) at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, has a Ph.D. in Management, Designing Sustainable Systems from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and two master's degrees, an MBA and an MHA from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. She has over 25 years of experience in executive administration and management within the corporate arena in a variety of industry settings and she and her husband of 38 years were also nationwide business owners for years. She is passionate about continually collaborating and researching with ESOP Associations and Executives and Consultants to conduct research that positively impacts ESOPs and empowers the 99%. Her current research, which produced dramatic findings, is focused on ESOP acquisitions, for which, after a national competition, she was awarded the Louis O. Kelso Research Fellowship from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and these findings have been presented at numerous international and national academic and practitioner conferences. She is an advisory board member for the Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent, OH, is a board member at Large for the Academy of Management's Management Consulting Division, and is chair of the National ESOP Committee and a member of the National Marketing Committee for the Private Directors Association.
Prior to her position at Saint Xavier, Cromlish was an organizational behavior, management and business, and health administration professor at High Point University and Mitchell Community College in North Carolina. She has also worked as a sign language interpreter and instructor, applying her skills as an interpreter for five U.S. presidents and many first ladies, governors, senators and celebrities.
She also previously served as the official sign language lnterpreter for the International Association of Lions Clubs Annual International Conventions for over 10 years with some 30,000 global members in attendance. Teaching sign language to the masses, she and her husband also produced a 30-minute weekly live TV show called "Talking Hands" for six months in the San Francisco Bay area.
She and her husband were also business owners for over 15 years developing, marketing and teaching customized "Officer Safety Hand Signals" Train The Trainer courses for patrol, SWAT, narcotics and correctional officers at law enforcement agencies and academies nationwide.
Her hobbies include having daily Bible and prayer devotions, viewing documentaries, reading non-fiction books, playing piano and conducting research to benefit employee-owned companies to personally and financially empower the 99 percent. She has been married to her husband, David, who is also her research partner, for 37 years and they reside in the Chicagoland area with their two kitties. One kitty is Pfeiffer and the other is Case Western as both are named after her two alma maters!
- The National Center for Employee Ownership
- The ESOP Association
- The Ohio Employee Ownership Center - Advisory Board Member
- The Academy of Management
"Empowering the 99%...One ESOP at a Time!"
A Mixed Methods Study of Acquisitions by Employee-Owned Companies
Her research interests are personally and financially empowering the 99 percent of employee ownership organizations as she continually collaborates with the three largest ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) associations in the U.S. After a national competition, she was awarded a Louis O. Kelso Fellowship from The ESOP Foundation for her research on ESOP acquisitions. Her research has been presented at many academic and practitioner conferences, and practitioner articles have also been published about her project.
The Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J. -- January 2015 and 2017
The Academy of Management's Annual Conference, Decision-Making in Context Session, Vancouver, BC - August 2015
Annual Conference for The Carolina's Chapter of The ESOP Association at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. -- August 2015
Annual Conference for the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of The ESOP Association at Powell, Ohio -- March 2016
Ohio Employee Ownership Center's Annual Conference in Akron, Ohio -- April 2016 and 2017
Illinois Chapter of The ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference at Oak Brook, Ill. March 2017 -- Keynote Speaker
The National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga. -- April 2018
Building Institutions for the Common Good: The Purpose & Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy Conference, The John A. Ryan Institute Center for Catholic Studies at The University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minn. -- June 2018
Session Chair: Decision-Making in Context Session at The Academy of Management's Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC -- August 2015
Session Chair: Empirical Research & Theory on Worker Ownership, The Beyster Symposium, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Management & Labor Relations Foundation for Enterprise Development, La Jolla, Calif. -- June 2017
Session Co-Chair: Research on Employee Ownership Session, The Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Management & Labor Relations, New Brunswick, N.J. -- January 2018
Research Articles Published
"New Study Finds Acquisitions by ESOP Companies Highly Successful," The Employee Ownership Report -- March-April 2015 / volume XXXV, No. 2
"How Well Do ESOP Acquisitions of Non-ESOP Companies Work?" Guest Commentary, The National Center for Employee Ownership, February 5, 2016
"New Study Shows Great Success with ESOP Acquisitions," Blue Ridge ESOP Associates, February 9, 2017